Art, Books and Culture Group at The Beecroft (18th March, 2023): Painting the Walls – the Modern Mural

Join us for our Art, Books and Culture Group

on Saturday 18th March, 11.15am (for about an hour or so)

at The Beecroft Art Gallery

Victoria Avenue, Southend SS2 6EX

when we’ll be discussing the revival of mural painting during the inter-war years.

Picking up where we left our discussion of Vanessa Bell’s art last month, we’ll begin by looking at the decorative wall-paintings at Charleston Farmhouse (above, left) and Berwick Church that Bell undertook alongside Duncan Grant (and others).

This will lead us back to earlier Bloomsbury murals and into the ‘revival’ of decorative wall painting during the inter-war years including work

by Evelyn Dunbar, such as The Brockley School Murals [detail here of The Country Girl and the Pail of Milk, 1933-6]:

and by Phyllis Bray, such as her re-discovered People’s Palace mural at Queen Mary’s University, mid-1930s:

and we will also mention, especially given our location, the works made by local artist Alan Sorrell for Southend Library in the 1930s, such as The Founding of Prittlewell Priory:

As ever, there will be plenty to look at & discuss – all welcome!

Admission is £10 on the door, and there will be coffee & biscuits to follow.


About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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